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freedom of speech means little doubt the freedoms of caution. the pentagon moves naval forces closer to syria and sends another carrier to the region reportedly waiting for a green light to launch an intervention. military options in syria following allegations over. details from new york straight ahead. this is syrian troops say they found toxic weapons in tunnels used by the rebels while the west blames chemical attacks on assad government. two hundred days and counting guantanamo prisoners are pushing on with their hunger protest struggling to change their fate of force feeding and indefinite detention. and a virtual currency gets real recognition the german government decides that virtual
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money is a legal and private means of payment of top stories this hour. international news and comments live from our studio center here in moscow where it's just turned eleven pm this is. the u.s. is ready for a possible missile strike on syria and reports say preparations are already under way the pentagon is moving its naval forces closer ensuring president obama has military options available he's considering action following an alleged chemical attack which is being blamed on syria's government now three destroyers are currently in the mediterranean moment and according to reports a fourth is now on its way all of them are carrying up to three hundred cruise missiles which is more than enough to act rapidly if obama wants to order
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a strike there's also the nato maritime group in the region which is for more ships and if we took the take a look at the mainland the u.s. and its western allies military presence around syria that's also very significant . following america's military maneuvers. well it appears that the u.s. is no longer just using words to address the ongoing syrian crisis plans of possible military action are now being deliberated president barack obama is meeting with his national security advisers saturday to discuss recent allegations of chemical weapons being used by the syrian government forces in internet in a damascus suburb earlier this week now despite the fact that the unconfirmed reports made by the syrian rebels have not been verified president obama has called it a big event of grave concern now white house official says that the u.s. has a range of options and that the obama administration is going to act very deliberately in making decisions consistent with the u.s.
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national security interests and how washington can advance its objectives in syria meantime on friday the u.s. navy had. ship armed with missiles in the mediterranean u.s. defense secretary chuck hagel said obama has already asked the pentagon for options on syria now a joint chiefs chairman general martin dempsey is reportedly expected to present options for a strike during saturday during saturday's meeting at the white house according to c.b.s. news potential targets include command bunkers and launchers used to fire chemical weapons now up until this point the u.s. leader has been very cautious over intervening in syria previously saying quote the u.s. should be wary of being drawn into very expensive difficult costly interventions that actually breed more resentment in the region unquote however one year ago obama also said that chemical weapons used in syria would be
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a red line for the united states and now he is under pressure growing pressure to act u.s. officials have acknowledged that there is no conclusive evidence linking syrian president bashar al assad to this week's alleged chemical attacks nonetheless a state department spokesperson has also said that long. doesn't believe the rebels are capable of carrying out chemical attacks so logically this would lead one to think that the white house has already found the syrian government guilty of the alleged chemical weapons being used in syria now the media has also played a significant role in recent days that many western media outlets looping very sad and shocking video of dead victims in syria while reporting that the assumption is that the syrian government is behind the mass killings. new reports from syria say the army has discovered chemicals in the area earlier controlled by opposition forces despite no confirmation of reports that the government carried out
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a chemical attack international pressure on us is increasing the french foreign minister insists all indications suggest the government was behind the massacre and wants to respond with force if the allegations are proved the u.k. foreign secretary william hague he said it was a chemical attack by the assad regime and here's a similar voice from sweden its foreign minister claimed he had a hard time coming to any conclusion of of them that deadly chemicals were used by the regime's forces while turkey joined in calling for necessary response to what it condemned as the crime against humanity well this is a bomb called america an indispensable nation in stabilizing the middle east yet there has been no international reaction so far on the chemical findings of the syrian army middle east correspond. as more. syrian state television is reporting that syrian soldiers found traces of chemical agents off to entering tunnels used
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by rebel fighters in the damascus suburbs the empty shells that they found had markings on the method that they had been made in saudi arabia just a reminder that saudi arabia is very mentally opposed to the syrian president bashar assad now these soldiers started suffocating am going so how to be sent to the scene to assist them syrian television is also reporting that these soldiers found antidotes that are used to heal the intoxication this comes after reports of a huge attack earlier this week that saw the involvement of chemical weaponry we have heard reports that anywhere between dozens and one thousand three hundred people were killed in that new attack there has been lots of unverified footage making the rounds online we've seen photos of people phoning at the mouth people suffocating all of the pointing to the possible use of saturn gets some of the photos online do show empty shells it does seem to point to the fact that this
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latest attack had this weaponry fired from rebel held areas all of this comes as u.n. inspectors are inside syria they arrived last sunday they carrying out investigations on some thirteen hours of the ports of call me call we're going to produce it today the e.u. in chief of disarmament arrived in the country in the u.n. team has now been tasked with trying to reach the scene of the latest chemical attack and damascus has indicated that they're giving them full support and they will be helping them in whatever way they can but there is heavy fighting on the go in that area there still be no confirmation about the number of victims of the alleged masque chemical attack doctors without borders are saying they received around three thousand six hundred patients suffering from intoxication following the reported assault three hundred fifty five of them reportedly died. but exactly who was behind the attack is still hard to verify despite the west suspecting a sad and not the rebels or their investigative journalist michelle cullen believes
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the u.s. is simply looking for a pretext to intervene in syria. i don't thing there will be a serious investigation from the western side because actually they don't look for the truth to just look for a pretext to overthrow assad and to take control of syria and this is really a strategy call off so they don't want an investigation they don't want the truth to just want to pretext it's also obvious they see the danger the see that they have no majority in syria and the area in the area there is this is really very strong so i believe it is more a pressure to negotiate because they know also they are not so strong anymore. meanwhile there's been a new suicide bombing in the syrian capital six people reportedly killed and twenty two injured by the explosion in the center of damascus according to local t.v.
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a car bomb went off in a crowded mainly christian area this is heavy fighting between government troops and rebel forces continues on the outskirts of the city we'll give you more details as soon as we get them. zaki live here in moscow still to come this far east on edge armies of rescue workers soldiers and volunteers struggle to protect russia's. historic floods threaten the city on all sides we bring you the latest on the efforts there shortly. nearly seven months of refusing to eat being force fed and alleged abuse with no end in sight well that's been the daily experience for many guantanamo bay inmate since early february food protest has gone on for two hundred days now but president obama is still stalling on shutting down the facility let's see what the situation is like right now the u.s. camp where there are one hundred sixty six inmates there at the moment in the military say thirty seven still refusing food to protest against their indefinite
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detention many of the prisoners haven't even gone to trial and over half were cleared for release years ago where u.s. taxpayers are picking up the ever increasing tab for all of this the price tag for every detainees is two point seven million dollars that's over thirty times higher than similar costs at the most expensive domestic prison in the u.s. and added all up and that's what you get nearly half a billion dollars per year coming out of citizens pockets where u.s. public defender carlos warner frequently talks to the quantum of inmates that he represents an earlier he told me what is going on at the camp and why it remains open. the words that i hear from the camp are just as bad as they've always been suffering to feeding people not getting along no communication with the military so although the military is telling us that the numbers have gone down that's not the story that we're hearing we're hearing that again there's still that this horrible
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suffering going on and the cycle to wonder if they are now we've heard accounts of the rift between the treatment by the prison stuff including allegations of sexual abuse is anybody actually investigating these allegations now sexual abuse i think goes around these these searches these growing searches that they began and they did these searches obviously to keep my clients from talking to me in terms of investigation i don't think anybody thinks best of getting that the camp says that we're doing this for security purposes but that fosters when you consider that the client isn't even seeing a lawyer the client's with soldiers talking on the phone entire time in a prison a bomb has he kept his promise to close the prison that kills millions during a time the budget cuts then the states will lose to mates are actually cleared for release so what will it take to finally close down guantanamo want tano is a political animal it's run by a phobia here in the united states and it's going to take a lot of hard work like people not only like people like me but but some people in
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washington or closer right now you don't see that the president had to already to transfer these individuals now he can do it under the current law with no exceptions and he's choosing not to do so and he's even said that there are several countries that are ready willing able to take these individuals we know there's eighty six of them that are cleared for release the president has done nothing on that yet. quality life for most because still to come this virtual currency because it is gaining recognition with germany accepting it as legal the details for you in just a few minutes along with the source. wealthy british style.
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news continues here in the german government has become the first in the world to recognize big coin as a legal private currency transactions conducted in the virtual cash will be subject to sales tax in the country and bitcoin may now be exchanged for other currencies within the banking system but he's put all of the reports from the capital of bitcoin ballin. well germany and particularly is one of the places in the world that has really embraced bitcoin as perhaps a new major player when it comes to world currency i'm currently stood on the floor of the trading floor of the berlin bitcoin exchange this is where the coins can be cool for cash it's a great growing of community here inside berlin and if they said guys like this dressed in the bowler hand to depict a traditional of the old london stock exchange they are holding up their thank you very much just how much they're selling their big coins for so this gentleman here selling one pick cotton for eighty five euro that's correct or incorrect ok well
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what you do is you pay your money you get your pick one that goes into a online wallet and starts yours then to spend how you will notify know just where because it's going here in berlin i'm joined by the organizer of this events are encouraging thanks very much for talking to me yes hello so in the what we've seen is from the german finance ministry that they've actually given their backing to big coin haven't they at the moment it's it looks like that and i think that's a great decision because it brings clarity it's clear that it will never be illegal and hopefully they are they setting a standard saying we shouldn't have too many rules but we should rather see how it develops just a clear so this is because bitcoin has been accepted as a a unit of account by the german government that means they haven't said it's legal tender but that it can be made that it can be taxed actually and why do you think bill in particular has see as embraced bitcoin in such a way where we get many innovative people from all over the world coming to be that
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billion has always been a place to try out new things i mean did you know the computer was invented a million so i think it's just natural that bitcoin is very strong here ok i did not know that the computer was invented in berlin they go so the the latest in the crypto currency the bitcoin it's being given in almost a green light by the german government and it's drawing people to exchanges like this in order to try and trade them and get involved in bitcoin and so it can reach out to more and more people around the world. big first appeared in two thousand and eight when an anonymous creator published a paper laying out his ideas on how the peer to peer electronic cash system should be operated since then the digital currency has gained popularity across the world thousands of small online merchants are now recognizing bitcoin as an alternative to major currencies the value of individual bitcoins hit a record high this april when it was being traded at over two hundred sixty u.s. dollars growing concerns over the effect could have on the dollar prompted the u.s.
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government to investigate it earlier this month washington claims it could be used in criminal activity well we've got everything you need to know about bitcoin on our website r.t. dot com right now and also online at the moment it's a site by come true a dutch scientist has found a way to read people's minds and head to our website to find out how his invention plucks thoughts from your head. still on our website at the moment healthy habits are hurting business you can read all about matters russia's ban all night. means foreign brewers have to find new ways to shift their beer all this and more is just a click away on r.t. dot com. the flood levels in russia's far east surging and now seven meters and rising soldiers and civilians are brace for that to get even higher in what. in the region for something like over two
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hundred years but russia is not the only country suffering here as you can see the river runs along the border with china which has also been hit by catastrophic weather since the beginning of the summer already over one hundred are reported dead and another one hundred fifteen missing three of russia's regions have been worst affected and experts say the floods have yet to peak they're over half a million homes and livelihoods are under threat in the far east of. now the next twenty four hours a crucial for that region our correspondent paul scott is monitoring the situation there. base is a city under threat a city on the edge at the moment water levels continuing to rise with the pink not expected for another twenty four hours or so now is the hour more river so that my right that is causing all the problems it's breached its banks and is beginning to filter through to the city now work is continuing to reinforce the city around fifteen kilometers worth of dikes have been built like this one and they are being
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reinforced and raised along with the water levels now despite the perilous situation authorities say that they are prepared for the worst. organizational issues are worked out it could be some setbacks but the main point is that there are no big tools and all eyes are work will work for the good now around two and a half thousand people have been affected by the flood so far in and around the city in the majority of those people have been housed in temporary accommodation centers that provide things such as food drinking water shelter and medicine and basically rest bite from the floods there are around seventy that have been built in and around the city and sports arenas and schools for example and this resident told r.t. he simply doesn't know what to expect. you know everything has been washed away. firewood the second floor is already been flooded my flat is on the first floor and there are one and a half metres of water there i'm here now but all my furniture all my clothes are
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there now president vladimir putin is expected in the city and in the region early next week to inspect the damage that these floods of course but at the water levels continue to rise and they show absolutely no sign of receding it could be a while yet before the full extent of the damage is revealed. paul scott there now to some other international headlines this hour in our world update a bomb has killed twenty six and the fifty people wounded in iraq's capital the suicide bomber struck a cafe in a crowded pollak in the northern sheer district a separate assault on a vehicle in the city claimed four lives there are deadly attacks on an almost daily basis as internal strife in iraq spirals. at least thirty people being killed and sixty injured in a riot in bolivia's largest maximum security prison part of solar some prisoners were shorts while others were burnt to death in a fight between rival gangs as in many overcrowded latin american jails inmates largely control the inside of the facility.
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rebels have called for temporary timeout on peace negotiations with the colombian government the group quested more time to consider a proposal which could prepare the way for a long awaited peace agreement this comes after violent protests by the country's moments truckers and farmers this week of a presidential reforms they say are hurting their revenues. there's been a new round of protests in bahrain thousands gathered for a mass march which passed off peacefully just outside the capital the bahrain movement started back in two thousand and eleven but human rights activists say you do see if after says that arab neighbors are undermining what they're trying to achieve that. you know i mean and behead. you have to keep in mind that you are not facing one go that we are facing many go but many many it is a g.c.c. people scared to go into there but the economic down they don't want that you see country they don't want any one of the end of democracy or the g.c.c.
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so that's why where we as a behavior people we are facing many countries supported by many it was there to be so that's why and even then that there needed to come out of my well what's happening in micah to me or the media out that broken with the white kids and some media that don't care but it's pretty good that i don't we don't know about it. what's happening in my country because many of them are owned by. by the government and that you see so it's complicated we as we are out and bought and we have bought them out of spring but the student we cannot get that but you don't think that people get that and to each yeah and i thought it a good action. altie life here must come about with the news team and just have a huff and puff now in the meantime we have more to come for you right now and just after the break mexico is it gets his teeth into the double dutch intrigue of amsterdam's finances stay with us for that.
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they say geo politics is a lot like a schoolyard and what obama snubbing a meeting with the president of russia to in theory punish him for the stone incident sounds kind of amateur that is the kind of stuff the girl you did when you're sixteen would do cancel a date just to show you how much her feelings are hurt let's not mistake this cancelled meeting with cutting off diplomatic relations which is the total rejection of any form of discussion with another country which really sent a bold and possibly dangerous but a call message but obama did was more like a minor annoyance he knows that he will talk to putin again in the near future i mean how are they not going to talk in the next g.
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eight summit what is he just going to have to hide behind merkel the whole time and hope it works out or ducked behind the shrimp cocktail whatever here's a russian accent one could argue that to appease republicans he had to do something to look strong after the stone debacle but this grandstanding just comes across a silly passing something like a new jackson vet a commandment yeah that is how you could shows people that you're really mad even if your anger is irrational because stone pretty much did the right thing but that's just my opinion. dramas that choose to be ignored. stories others use to notice. the faces change. so pictures. from around the globe.
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i don't. for a crime i did not do. we have numerous cases where police officers lie about
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polygraph results. innocent people to confess the police officers don't beat people anymore i mean it just doesn't happen really. in the course of interrogation why because there's been this is like meant no because the psychological techniques are more effective in obtaining confessions than physical abuse and they were off taking they could do what they wanted they can say what they wanted and there was no evidence of what they did or what they said. it was terrible they come along very hard to make out. once again there was a plan by patton that had facts would that hurt their number. one.
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welcome to the kaiser report on max geyser you know the dutch of god the economic. private debt has got them down the housing bubble is bursting bursting bursting the economy is contract ing us terry is biting oh ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow on. and unemployment is rising but how is this possible when the dutch current account is positive the government deficit is smaller and exports are doing well something does not add up we need to bring in stacy herbert say see what the frick is going on over there the netherlands well max remember at the beginning of this financial crisis when it was an economic crisis across europe and we.